Successful farming can be more than just growing crops or raising livestock. Producers are looking for innovative ways to save energy and improve the environment while also increasing profits.
A new publication called the “2015 Greenbook” presents a set of stories about sustainable agriculture research and demonstration projects taking place on Minnesota crop, livestock, fruit and vegetable farms.
The projects came to life through the state’s Sustainable Agriculture Demonstration Grant program, which provides money for testing farming ideas related to conservation, energy, profitability and quality of life.
“Greenbook” is published annually, and this year’s stories include examples of cover cropping, energy efficiency on dairy farms, solar-powered drip irrigation, beneficial insect habitats, controlling thistle in organic blueberries and other projects. The entries provide technical and practical information on each grantee’s project, including management tips and personal observations.
“Greenbook” is written and compiled by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, and is available online at www.mda.state.mn.us/greenbook Hard copies are also available at no cost by calling 651 201-6012, or by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org